Abandoned Railroad Tunnels in Newtown, CT
An interesting relic from yesteryear are the abandoned tunnels in Newtown, CT. Knowing my interest in abandoned railroads, a couple of friends, prompted me to schedule a day to visit and document the site.
Today in the area of the tunnels, a completely new rail line was built at a higher grade with a cut but the tunnnels strangely still exist parrallel and below the cut. The photos and map below illustrate the tunnels and railroad tracks both then and now.
is a primitive "Rock Tunnel"
Hawleyville Tunnel Historical Photos
Photo Trek - Dec 6th, 2014
Mark Lurie and John Shirley accompanied me on this trek. It was cloudy, misty, foggy and generally crappy outside but we were all pysched to explore nevertheless! Mark was a kindred spirit - extremely knowledgable in local railroad history and exurberantly bounding into the tunnels as if a man possessed! :-) It was a great trek and when it suddenly started to pour for a bit, we found shelter in the rock tunnnel!
- Housatonic RR Rock Tunnel -
Entering from the east of the bridge
At the other side
- NY&NE RR Concrete Tunnel -
This tunnel goes underneath the current mainline rock cut
- Overview of the ROWs -
Futher westward, the old ROW curves a bit northward
Emerging eastward from the NY&NE tunnel, the old ROW is a bit of a swampy messs
A view from above the mainline on a small ridge looking down into the old ROW
Climbing up Parmelee Hill you can get a nice view of the cuts...
Lastly, climbing up to the tower at the top of Parmelee Hill...
gives you a great overview looking westward. It is hard to tell from this photo but you are at a good height!
- History of Danbury Railways by Joseph Brennan
- History of the Tunnels
- Tyler City Station (scroll to Hawleyville)